Global economic crisis, bailouts and a recession fill the news. The economy is not doing well, but I think this will make for one of the best Christmas seasons that we’ve had in recent years.
The recession and bailouts have dominated the airwaves and blogosphere recently. Retailers seem to be flipping out, the automakers are whining so loud it is deafening, and the media is having a field day with it all.
Everyone seems concerned about where we are headed financially. However, I think this could all have some positive effects on our Christmas experience. In fact, I’m looking forward to the best Christmas ever.
Why I think a crappy economy will benefit Christmas
There are a number of ways that I think a tighter economy will make for the best Christmas ever. Here are some of my thoughts along this line.
1. It will force us to simplify
You always hear people wanting to simplify their Christmas, but they never seem to do anything about it. Well, the economy might be just the catalyst some people need to push them in the right direction.
With less disposable income, hopefully we will cut back on all the gifts, activities and craziness that seem to consume the holiday. What better excuse is there to simplify than, “We don’t have the money”?
2. In a crisis, we seem to pull together
When the going gets tough, we tend to stick together just a little closer. Isn’t this what the holidays are really all about? Family, friends and loved ones are what make Christmas meaningful.
Maybe the poor economy will reduce the running around and hectic pace we all tend to fall victim to during the holiday season. I don’t know if it is just too soon or what, but it already seems that things are a little slower this year.
At my house, we have spent time sitting together on the couch watching Christmas specials on television, drinking eggnog while reading the true Christmas story, and baking cookies to give to neighbors and co-workers.
I’ve enjoyed this togetherness immensely! However, if the financial picture was better, I’m not sure we would be spending our time the same way.
3. Maybe it will reduce some of the consumerism
Will the recession and tighter budgets lead people to spend less? I sure hope so! Otherwise, the post-Christmas blues are probably going to be a lot worse this year.
I’d hate to think that spending on Christmas might lead some folks into bankruptcy or foreclosure. Hopefully, this economy will take some of the rabid consumerism and overspending out of the holiday.
For many of us, our grandparents lived through the Great Depression. As a result, they learned to be fiscally conservative. They know what hard times are all about. However, not all of this got passed down from one generation to the next.
Today, many feel that younger generations have a sense of entitlement. They are the “microwave” generation. They aren’t accustomed to having to wait on anything. They’ve grown up during prosperous times where lifestyles have become overinflated.
A time of correction might help to reel in our promiscuous spending and help us to refocus on what really matters.
Simplification, togetherness and frugality = best Christmas ever!
I really think this Christmas might be one of the best ever. That is if we simplify, spend more time with loved ones and cut back on spending. Think about it. Isn’t this what we all really want anyway? Why not take the opportunity this year to make the changes that will make your Christmas one of the best ever?
This post is part of a series offered by The Life Skills Network on simplifying your Christmas. Please check out the other articles in this series:
- Simplify Your Holidays in 3 Easy Steps @ My Dollar Plan
- Simply Perfect: Holiday Tips from On Simplicity Readers @ On Simplicity
- 3 Ways to Simplify Your Christmas @ The Wisdom Journal
- The Top of Your Holiday To-Do List: Breathe. @ Simple Mom
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